stir·rup (stûrəp, stĭr-)
1. A flat-based loop or ring hung from either side of a horse's saddle to support the rider's foot in mounting and riding; a stirrup iron.
2. A part or device shaped like an inverted U in which something is supported, held, or fixed.
3. A rope on a ship that hangs from a yard and has an eye at the end through which a footrope is passed for support.
4. See stapes.
[Middle Englishstirope, fromOld Englishstīgrāp : stīgan, to mount; see steigh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + rāp, rope.]
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top:stirrup on an English saddle
bottom:stirrup on a western saddle
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